CPD module

Addressing the Performance Gap using reflective insulation


This CPD module reflects on the issues causing the Performance Gap and discusses solutions on how to overcome this industry wide problem using reflective insulation systems. Zero Carbon Hub identifies a number of reasons for the discrepancy between designed and as-built performance of buildings and holds all professionals involved in the construction process responsible for the Performance Gap. The July 2014 end of term report summarizing Zero Carbon Hub’s work, urges industry to take action and provide robust answers to address the deficit within the three cross-cutting themes Knowledge and Skills, Communication, Responsibility. Manufacturers in particular are under scrutiny when it comes to demonstrating as-built performance and this CPD module focuses on what manufacturers can do and what reflective insulation products - multifoils in particular - have to offer. Through discussing research and development, testing and accreditation procedures, detailing examples, quality of services, communication and training practices, multifoil insulation is identified as a solution to tackle the Performance Gap. One very important topic is real life performance testing and this CPD module gives an overview on current in-situ test methods and future as built test methodologies. This CPD module shows a manufacturer’s view on how closing the performance gap can be achieved by providing trusted products within a building system, robust testing of materials and an open culture of discussion and collaboration between all professionals involved in a construction project.

Duration of CPD module: approximately 1 hour


A key aim of ‘Addressing the Performance Gap using reflective insulation’ is for architects, specifiers, building engineers, energy assessors, consultants, building control, developers and other professionals to understand the issues why buildings do not perform as predicted at design stage. This presentation will help professionals to understand important criteria when selecting construction systems and identify trustworthy products. The training content will be supplemented by example construction build-ups and a case study.


The CPD module ‘Addressing the Performance Gap using reflective insulation’ is certified by the Construction CPD Certification Service. This service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD principles regarding the successful delivery of CPD objectives. Actis is an affiliate member of the CPD Certification Service